It’s not going to change your life, but the Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz flick "What Happens in Vegas" may just make your weekend. The frothy comedy hits the street on DVD this week, with the requisite never-before-seen scenes as well as a (quickly becoming de rigueur) digital copy for loading to your iPod. Though it’s not a guffaw-inducing comedy, it is an enjoyable, highly watchable tour through one couple’s quickie marriage and drawn-out honeymoon with a superb supporting cast including Dennis Miller, Queen Latifah and a fabulous turn by Lake Bell as the protective best friend.
If you loved Kutcher’s insane antics in "Just Married," and expect the same level of crazy in this similarly plotted tale, you won’t find it. But with Diaz providing a far better foil than Brittany Murphy did in "Married," and a script that dares to let Kutcher exhibit a little real emotion, you’ll love him just the same. You will need to commit to suspending disbelief to enjoy the flick. (Judges just don’t sentence people to six months of "hard marriage." Even judges played by Dennis Miller.) But if all you’re asking of it is an hour forty of laughs, the film more than delivers.
Diaz and Kutcher play New Yorkers driven to Vegas by their own tragedies—her public dumping by her fiancé, his being fired by his boss/dad. She’s an uptight stockbroker in serious need of fun, relaxation and ego repair. Kutcher’s a furniture maker with commitment phobia and serious daddy issues. A hotel mix-up brings the two together for a night of debauchery, including a Vegas knot-tying. And in the am a $3 million win at the slots puts the brakes on their planned annulment, sending the newlyweds back to NYC with a big battle ahead. When Miller freezes the couple’s winnings and sentences them to make an attempt at marriage for half a year, the two must commit to living together in Kutcher’s nightmarish Brooklyn pad and attending weekly marriage counseling with The Queen.
Though the film’s not overly raunchy, it is for after the kids are in bed—unless you’re fine explaining why a judge would consider marriage a penalty, and the myriad sex jokes peppered throughout the film.
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